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American Burying Beetle

Image of an American burying beetle
The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) used to be common but is now a critically endangered species. It only occurs in a few places in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo, with other conservation institutions including MDC, has a captive breeding program and is working to restore this species to the wild. More

American burying beetle feeds on dead pen-raised quail

American burying beetle feeds on dead pen-raised quail
American burying beetles feed on carrion, and mating pairs bury small animals to feed themselves and their young. The beetles released at Wah-Kon-Tah were buried in a hand-dug hole with a dead pen-raised quail. More

American burying beetle ready for release

American burying beetle ready for release
American burying beetle ready for release More

American burying beetle release at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie

American burying beetle release at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie
Missouri Department of Conservation employees Rick Swopes (left) and Tyler Harding were among the 70 people who helped the Saint Louis Zoo release American burying beetles on June 4 at the Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie. Beetles in the wild dig holes and bury carrion to feed on while raising young. Crews gave the released beetles a hand by digging holes and covering them with chicken wire staked down to keep animals from disturbing them. More

American Burying Beetle Release by Bob Merz

American Burying Beetle Release by Bob Merz
Bob Merz of the Saint Louis Zoo holds an endangered American burying beetle for an experimental release at the Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie. More

American Carrion Beetle

image of American Carrion Beetle
In flight, the American carrion beetle (Necrophila americana) looks a lot like a bumblebee. Adults eat fly maggots, plus some carrion. The larvae are black, teardrop-shaped grubs that look something like a sowbug. They hatch after the dead animal has dried somewhat and eat on the carrion too, particularly dried skin, then creep away to pupate. More

American Crow

Photograph of American Crow
Adults are entirely black with a long, heavy bill. Voice is the well-known “caw, caw.” More